April 13, 2005

McMaster faculty honoured by peers

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Four McMaster professors will be honoured at convocations throughout North America. Clockwise, from top left, Henry Giroux, Karyn Kauf-man, Henry Schwarcz, and Eileen Schuller.

Hamilton, ON - Four McMaster University professors will be honoured by their peers at spring convocations throughout North America.

Henry Giroux, the Global Television Network Chair in English & Communication at McMaster, will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree from Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on Thursday, May 26. Giroux is a world-renowned educator, lecturer and writer. His research focuses on cultural studies, youth, democratic theory, public education, and politics of higher education. A former tenured professor at Penn State University, Giroux joined McMaster University’s Faculty of Humanities last summer.

Karyn Kaufman, a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and head of the Midwifery Education Program at McMaster, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on Tuesday, May 31. As director of Canada’s first midwifery educational program, Kaufman has provided outstanding leadership in the development of the midwifery profession in Canada and internationally.

Eileen Schuller, chair of the Department of Religious Studies, will receive an honorary doctor of divinity at Queen’s University’s Theological College, in Kingston, Ontario, on Wednesday, May 11. Schuller has worked with the international team which has been responsible for the publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In addition to the Dead Sea Scrolls, Schuller’s research encompasses Judaism in the Second Temple period and women of that period.

Henry Schwarcz, professor emeritus in the School of Geography & Geology, is being awarded a professional achievement citation at convocation at the University of Chicago on Saturday, June 4. The citation recognizes Schwarcz’s contributions to the fields of isotope geochemistry, archaeological geology, and paleoanthropology.

McMaster University, named Canada’s Research University of the Year by Research InfoSource, has world-renowned faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities. McMaster's culture of innovation fosters a commitment to discovery and learning in teaching, research and scholarship. Based in Hamilton, the University has a student population of more than 23,000 and more than 112,000 alumni in 128 countries.